About Introduction to Psychology & Neuroscience
The foundation of this book is built upon Psychology 2e from OpenStax. For a full overview of all content creators and resources, see Psychology 2e Preface.
In addition to the core content from Psychology 2e from OpenStax, this book is a combination of original material and resources, as well as selected works from Introduction to Psychology by Cummings & Sanders (University of Saskatchewan), Discovery Psychology 2.0 from Noba Project, and various upper-level Psychology courses from Lumen Learning.
Tricky Topics Video Series
The Tricky Topic videos embedded throughout the text were designed and created by faculty and students at Dalhousie University. Dr. Jennifer Stamp and Dr. Leanne Stevens were the original creators of the video series, but the fully open versions now available were created with the help of many current and former students. Specifically, Anthony Duchesne, Dylan Deska-Gauthier, Qendresa Sahiti, Adena Cox, Ella Vermeir, and Swasti Arora were all integral to the development, editing, refining, and creation of the current Tricky Topics video series.
This book was created with a focus on accessibility – its existence and use in our program was first and foremost to reduce the financial barrier of textbook costs for our students. We have also worked to ensure all images contain accurate and clear alternative text and have used images with high-contrast borders and colours. We have also included transcripts for all of the embedded Tricky Topics videos in the Appendix, with a direct link from the video to the corresponding transcript (and a returning link from the transcript to the main text).
Diversity and Inclusion
In an effort to increase diversity, inclusion, and equal representation, we are continually updating, correcting, and adding to the relevant content in this book. Although the foundation of the book (OpenStax) had undergone significant review and revision with diversity, identity, representation, and inclusion in mind, we (and our students) have identified several areas that can be improved and ways in which we can add rich sources of diversity to this text.
We have started this process (fall 2020) by hiring Jack Williams, a recent Dalhousie graduate (BA ’20 Gender & Women Studies + Creative Writing), who is working with us to update the language used throughout the book to ensure it is inclusive. Additionally, Jack will be collaborating with Dr. Leanne Stevens and Dr. Jennifer Stamp to add additional content and sections to several chapters of the text (e.g. Research Methods, Development, Language, Motivation & Emotion) that explore elements of inclusion/exclusion on our understanding of Psychology & Neuroscience. We hope to complete this project by fall 2021.